Amtrak Stops: Amsterdam (AMS), Utica (UCA), Rome (ROM) Stations
Plan your next trip by rail and experience the excitement of Central New York State in Rome, Utica and Amsterdam.
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From ROM Station: 1.3 miles car
From ROM Station: 11.1 miles car
From AMS Station: 2.5 mile car
From UCA Station: 1.0 miles car
An "urban winery," Mohawk Valley Winery has opened in Utica, offering hand-crafted reds, whites, blush and specialty selections. Meet the winemakers, view the tank room, visit the tasting room for a flight of five or enjoy happy hour at the wine bar. More information: mohawkvalleywinery.com
From UCA Station: 1.5 miles car
From AMS Station: 2.1 miles car
From UCA Station: Located at UCA station
From AMS Station: 1.2 miles car
From ROM Station: 1.4 miles car
WHAT'S NOT TO MISS
From UCA Station: 2.3 miles car
From UCA Station: 14.1 miles car
From ROM Station: 3.9 miles car
From UCA Station: 17 miles car
Erie Canal Village
4.9 miles, 9 min. drive from Rome
This reconstructed 19th century settlement, a vibrant living history museum in Rome, NY, is located on the site where, on July 4, 1817, the first shovelful of earth was turned for the construction of the original Erie Canal. Travelling a section of the canal on a mule-drawn Packet Boat or boarding the narrow-gauge steam train for a short excursion gives visitors a taste of the pace of early 19th-century transportation.
28.5 miles, 38 min. drive from Schenectady Amtrak station
You begin by descending 156 ft. below the earth's surface, then navigate through limestone corridors and cavernous galleries on the way to a subterranean riverbed and the glassy surface of an underground lake. There are several ways to experience Howe Caverns: a traditional tour, complete with boat ride on the River Styx; an adventure tour that takes hardy explorers on some real spelunking; and the torch tour that brings out the full impact of cave darkness. There are plenty of above-ground activities too, of special interest to kids.
NYPA Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center
44.8 miles, 56 min. drive from Amsterdam
Though it is set in a charming 19th-century dairy barn on the shore of Schoharie Creek, the center is fitted out with state-of-the-art interactive displays that explain what's involved in creating and managing the hydroelectric power at this New York Power Authority facility. The NYPA also maintains the adjacent Lansing Manor, a restored early American country estate open to visitors, and the 650-acre Mine Kill State Park, with its 2.5 mile long bluebird trail. There are numerous events throughout the year and plenty to do and see.
F.X. Matt Brewing Company
1.5 miles, 5 min. drive from Utica
After 125 years in business, the Utica brewer of Saranac products not only knows how to make great beer, but also how to put on a tour. Explore the pristine plant and its copper kettles, then head over to the tasting room.
PATH THROUGH HISTORY
Fort Stanwix National Monument
1.4 miles, 4 min. drive from Rome
Built by the British in 1758, Fort Stanwix occupied by Americans in 1776, destroyed by flood and fire in 1781, Fort Stanwix was reconstructed as a National Monument on the original site in Rome, NY. It was opened just in time for the nation's bicentenial, in 1976. Today, the fort is a testimony to what life was like in the formative years of our nation.
The Fort Klock Historic Restoration
26.9 miles, 34 min. drive from Amsterdam
For Klock once stood as a colinial settlement of the French and Indian period. This National Historic Landmark, east of St. Johnsville, includes the 1750 fortified home of fur-trader Johannes Klock, a 1790s Dutch barn, blacksmith shop and an 1825 schoolhouse. In 1780, the Battle of Klock's Field took place near here.
The Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park
24.2 miles, 32 min. drive from Amsterdam
The Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park's exhibits span the history of the middle Mohawk Valley, including Colonial times, the Revolutionary War and the Erie Canal. The original fort was an important military outpost in the Revolutionary War.
Old Fort Johnson
The original limestone house was built by French and Indian War hero Sir William Johnson near Amesterdam and houses a museum of the cultural, military and industrial past of the Mohawk Valley. Exhibits include the Richmond/Frey Collection of Ethnological Artificats, reflecting the interests of two 19th century amateur archaeologists from the Mohawk Valley.
Gerrit Smith Estate
24.3 miles, 35 min. from Rome
The grand 19th century home belonged to one of the staunchest abolitionists in the nation. Smith provided freedom, safe haven, support and employment for hundreds of escaped slaves. This National Historic Landmark in Peterbro includes exhibits, tours, a heritage mercantile and other historic structures.
The National Abolition Hall of Fame
24.2 miles, 35 min. from Rome
The National Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro, where the New York State Anti-Slavery Society was formed in 1835, honors abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, their work to end slavery and the legacy of that struggle.
The Broome County Carousels
0.7 miles, 14 min. walk from Utica
The Broome County Carousels, to be found in half-a-dozen Greater Binghamton parks, represent a wealth of antique carousels with six out of fewer than 170 still in existence across the U.S. and Canada. They were created by New York carousel maker Allan Herschell and donated to the public between 1919 and 1934 by George F. Johnson, the manufacturer and local benefactor. Visitors can still ride the carousels from Memorial Day to Labor Day free of charge.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
39.9 miles, 49 min. drive from Utica
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown brings baseball's glorious history to life for fans of all ages. It features the hallowed Hall of Fame Gallery honoring the game's greatest players, as well as countless interactive exhibits and emotional stories. The nearby Doubleday Field has been used for baseball since 1920.
The Hekimer Home
24.6 miles, 25 min. drive from Utica
The Hekimer Home in Little Falls is an imposing 1764 Georgian-style mansion in an unspoiled landscape, remarkably unchanged from that of the 18th century. In 1777, General Nicholas Herkimer raised 800 militia here to help relieve troops at Fort Stanwix, but lost his life in the Battle of Oriskany, one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution.
The Steuben Memorial State Historic Site
20.2 miles, 27 min. drive from Utica
The Steuben Memorial State Historic Site in Oriskany honors Baron von Steuben, the "Drillmaster of the American Revolution." His wartime contributions are considered second in importance only to those of George Washington. After the war, New York State deeded him a parcel of land where he summerd in a two-room log house like the one reconstructed here.
The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute
1.4 miles, 5 min. drive from Utica
The Arts Institute is best known for its art museums as it displays 20 galleries of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and decorative arts. Housed in a modern 1960 museum designed by Philip Johnson in a restored 1850 Italianate mansion, the collection includes works by Dali, Kandinsky, Mondrian, O'Keefe, Picasso, Pollock, Rothenberg, Stella, Tiffany and Whistler.
22.4 miles, 29 min. from Amsterdam
Fort Hunter's Schoharie Home is the only remaining site with visible remnants of all three eras of Erie Canal development, including a two-mile long segment of the original Old "Clinton's Ditch" Erie Canal. At the eastern end of the site reside Putnam's Lock Stand Houses and Exhibit and Erie Canal stores.
The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
25.8 miles, 34 min. from Rome
The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum is the only recovered and restored dry dock along the Erie Canal in New York State, is the place to learn about boat building, the repair of the Erie Canal boats and the social history of the canal era. Explore the industrial building with its boat and blacksmith shops and reconstructed sawmill, then step aboard a canal boat on the same site where boats were built in 1855.
The Farmer's Musuem
38.7 miles, 51 min. drive from Utica
The Farmer's Musuem in Cooperstown is an impressively rich historic village and working farmstead, circa 1845, and one of the oldest living history museums in the country. Highlights include the Colonial Revival stone barn, the Empire State Carousel and The Carddiff Giant, a fake petrified man one called "America's Greatest Hoax."
The National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine & Mohawk Caughnawaga Indian Museum
9.3 miles, 13 min. drive from Amsterdam
Fonda's National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine & Mohawk Caughnawaga Indian Museum is the only completely excavated Iroquois Indian village in the country. It is also where Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk girl and Catholic saint, lived from age 10 to 21. The site was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1980, and the holy spring where she was baptized still flows.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs
8.4 miles, 14 min. drive from Amsterdam
The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, established in Fultonville in 1885, honors the martyrdom of three Jesuit missionaires. It is also the birthplace of Saint Kateri Tekawitha, "the Lily of the Mohawks." The site inculdes five chapels, two museums, a vistor center and 400 acres of flowered landscapes, tree-studded slopes and lawns.
The Iroquois Indian Museum
28.1 miles, 37 min. drive from Amsterdam
The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave possesses the world's most comprehensive exhibition of modern Iroquois arts, all housed in a building that evokes a traditional Great Longhouse. The 45-acre nature park features trails and two 19th-century log homes moved here from the Six Nations Reserve.
The Fenimore Art Museum
38.6 miles, 51 min. drive from Amsterdam
The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art, as well as important holdings in American decorative art. Formal gardens overlook Otsego Lake where visitors get a glimpse of American Indian life at the the circa 1750 Bark House.